Friday, 28 September 2018

Big jumps in passengers and cargo at Ontario International Airport

One of our favourite little airports in the USA, saw its passenger numbers rise in August by more than 18% its been revealed today.  

Yes, Ontario International Airport (ONT) saw passenger volumes rise by over  18% in August, reflecting the steadily increasing satisfaction among air travellers service at Southern California's fastest growing aviation gateway.

Ontario International Airport passenger volume up 18% in August while cargo shipments rose 17%

The number of arriving and departing passengers totalled 458,029 last month, an increase of 18.2% over August 2017 when ONT welcomed 387,351 travellers. The August figure included 435,690 domestic passengers, up 16.2% from 375,109 a year ago, and 22,339 international travellers, 82.5% more than the 12,242 in August 2017. That's an amazing jump for the friendly airport in Southern California. 

"The consistent increases in passenger volume affirm what we are doing to develop Ontario into a world-class gateway and create a first-rate airport experience," said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). "Our customers demand a smooth, hassle-free experience along with popular services and amenities, and we are dedicated to meeting their expectations."

In the first eight months of 2018, more than 3.3 million travellers moved through ONT, an increase of 13.2% over the same period a year ago.

"As strong as these numbers are, they're going to get even better in the months ahead as we've added flights and amenities," said OIAA Commissioner Jim Bowman.

August saw the start of Frontier Airlines' daily, non-stop service to Orlando. Earlier this month, JetBlue launched nonstop service to New York's JFK Airport. ONT also recently completed multi-million upgrades of the airport's dining and retail concessions which brought such popular eateries as Einstein Bros Bagels, Rock & Brews and Wolfgang Puck's WPizza.

The airport's air cargo business also continues to grow.  Commercial freight and mail rose by 17.6% in August to more than 68,000 tons, up from 58,000 in August last year. From January through August, cargo tonnage increased by more than 18%, up to 483,000 tons from 408,000 tons over the same period in 2017.

(Photos  Ontario International Airport )